Middle Childhood

Causes of Obesity

Not everyone is equally likely to become obese due to weight gain.

  • Children are more likely to be overweight if their parents are overweight
  • Stress
  • Heredity; only by "tendency" to gain weight
  • Lack of knowledge about a healthy diet
  • Consuming foods high in fat
  • Cheap food
  • Lack of exercise or being active

Consequences of Obesity

  • Having less friends due to physical attractiveness
  • Detrimental to children's health.
  • Stereotypes; sluggish, ugly, sloppy, lethargic,
  • Bullied

Children who are obese are less favored by children their age, which isolates the children's ability to socialize or interact like a normal child would.

If a child's weight keeps increasing throughout middle childhood into adolescence, severe disorders could being to appear and be noticed through the child's daily actions.

Disorders Include:

  • Defiance
  • Aggression
  • Severe Depression

Treating Obesity

  • Many children do not get a treatment for being overweight. The best way to lose the weight is to take weight reduction classes, live by a more healthier diet, and engage in lots of physical activity.
  • The most operative involvements are family-based for the reason that they concentrate on changing the behaviors of both the parent and child.
  • The children started to display a decrease in obesity faster than adults.


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